White House Pets (1889-1953)

BROWSE: 1789-1850 | 1850-1889 | 1889-1953 | 1953-present

President Term President’s Pets
Harry S. Truman 1945-1953
Franklin Delano Roosevelt 1933-1945
Herbert Hoover 1929-1933
  • King Tut, Belgian shepherd
  • Pat, German shepherd
  • Big Ben, fox terrier
  • Sonny, fox terrier
  • Glen, Scottish collie
  • Yukon, Eskimo dog
  • Patrick, wolfhound
  • Eaglehurst Gillette, setter
  • Weejie, elkhound [PDF]
  • And a pair of alligators owned by President Hoover’s son Allan Henry Hoover that sometimes crawled around the White House grounds
Calvin Coolidge 1923-1929 Calvin and Grace Coolidge literally had a zoo at the White House. Most famous and beloved was the white collie Rob Roy, purchased from Thomas and Olive shover, who owned Shomont White Collies. They also entertained and cared for:

  • Peter Pan, terrier
  • Paul Pry, an Airedale terrier that was originally named Laddie Buck
  • Rob Roy, white collie, originally named Oshkosh
  • Prudence Prim, another white collie
  • Also popular was Calamity Jane, a Shetland sheepdog
  • Tiny Tim, chow
  • Blackberry, also a chow
  • Ruby Rouch, brown collie
  • Bessie, collie
  • Boston Beans, bulldog
  • King Kole, German shepherd
  • Bessie, collie
  • Palo Alto, bird dog
  • Nip and Tuck, canaries
  • Snowflake, also a white canary
  • Old Bill, a thrush
  • Enoch, goose
  • Mockingbird belonging to Grace Coolidge
  • Tiger, cat
  • Blacky, another cat
  • Rebecca and Reuben, raccoons
  • Ebenezer, donkey
  • Smoky, bobcat
  • Finally, given to them by dignitaries from other countries, there were also lion cubs (humorously named Tax Reduction and Budget Bureau), a wallaby, a pygmy hippo named Billy, and a black bear!
Warren Harding 1921-1923
  • Laddie Boy, an Airedale terrier, was a famous pet of Warren Harding
  • Old Boy, an English bulldog
  • Pete, squirrel
  • There were canaries belonging to Florence Harding
Woodrow Wilson 1913-1921
William Taft 1909-1913
  • Pauline Wayne, last cow at the White House
  • Mooly Wooly, another cow
  • Caruso, dog
Theodore Roosevelt 1901-1909
  • Bleistein, Teddy Roosevelt’s favorite horse
  • Renown, Roswell, Rusty, Jocko, Root, Grey, Dawn, Wyoming, and Yangenka, all horses
  • General and Judge, carriage horses
  • Algonquin, Archie Roosevelt’s calico pony
  • Pete, a bull terrier, was a favorite pet
  • Rollo, Saint Bernard
  • Sailor Boy, a Chesapeake Bay retriever
  • Blackjack (Jack), Kermit Roosevelt’s Manchester terrier
  • Skip, a mixed-breed dog
  • Manchu, Alice Roosevelt’s Pekingese
  • Emily Spinach, Alice Roosevelt’s snake
  • Snakes belonging to Quentin Roosevelt
  • Eli Yale, a Hyacinth macaw also belonging to Quentin Roosevelt
  • Tom Quartz, cat
  • Slippers, cat
  • Josiah, badger (!)
  • Rabbit named Peter
  • Two kangaroo rats
  • Flying squirrel
  • Guinea pigs named Admiral Dewey, Dr. Johnson, Bob Evans, Bishop Doan, and Father O’Grady
  • Also: lion, hyena, wildcat, coyote, five bears, two parrots, zebra, barn owl, lizard, roosters, hen, pig, raccoon
William McKinley 1897-1901
  • Mexican double-yellow-headed parrot, which he named Washington Post
  • Valeriano Weyler and Enrique DeLome, angora kittens
  • Roosters
Benjamin Harrison 1889-1893

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